Rose Hendry (director of ‘Abbott & Costello’) shortlisted for THE VOICE OF A WOMAN AWARDS 2019

‘Abbott & Costello’, my music video directed by Rose Hendry, was screened at Cannes Lions (the advertising wing of Cannes Film Festival) earlier this year as part of the VOW (The Voice of A Woman) Made By Her Showcase, and with this film Rose has been shortlisted for the VOW Awards 2019. Huge congratulations to Rose on this amazing achievement. If you haven’t seen our music video yet, take a look/listen! The music also features the talents of my band MY IRIS (with Chris Montague, Ross Stanley and James Maddren).

EMULSION VIII is tomorrow night!

Tomorrow, Emulsion goes back to the Vortex Jazz Club where it all started in 2012… with a stellar line up (see below) … we’ll playing some new music I’ve written specially for the occasion, and a version of ‘I.F.’ from my latest album ‘Ninety Degrees Gravity’… Here we are playing it in Ireland last weekend:

I.F. played by MY IRIS at Galway Jazz Festival 2019

I’ll also be playing an arrangement of a Marcel Dupre prelude with Ross Stanley – something we’ve been working on a little while…

The band are also playing some brilliant pieces by Nikki Iles, Hans Koller and Robert Mitchell…

The full line-up and programme is below… Hope to see you there!!! Tix here

Yours truly – saxophones, Louise McMonagle – cello, Lauren Weavers – oboe/cor anglais, Thea Spiers – violin, Nick Smart – trumpet, Max Welford – clarinets, Tim Giles – drums, Ross Stanley – piano/Hammond organ, Chris Montague – guitar, Catriona McDermid- bassoon, Misha Mullov-Abbado – bass
& special guest appearance from Nikki Iles – piano & accordion

Programme includes:

Awakening – Nikki Iles
Full line up

Happy Mountain – Hans Koller
Full line up

Elegy (for the Unknown Leader) – Robert Mitchell
bass, bassoon, cello, saxophone, violin, piano, oboe, drums

Free improvisations

Elastic Band – Trish Clowes
Full line up

Anamnesis – Josephine Stephenson
solo cello

Prelude III – Marcel Dupre, adapted by Ross Stanley/Trish Clowes
saxophone & piano

Book of the Underworld – Leo Geyer
solo bassoon

Sing Me Softly of the Blues – Carla Bley
Full line up

Workshop with MY IRIS ahead of Shrewsbury gig, May 1st

Very happy to announce, with the support of Arts Council England, that MY IRIS will be hosting a workshop 6.30-7.15pm on May 1st at the Gateway, ahead of our performance at 7.45pm. Please see details below:

Sinfonietta Short, MY IRIS news

Tomorrow sees the premiere of my Sinfonietta Short ‘Hero’ for solo bass, commissioned by the London Sinfonietta to be performed by Enno Senft. I’m really looking forward to hearing Enno perform the piece (at the World Premiere Wednesdays series) – he’s such an outrageous bass player!

In other news, today marks the 1 month countdown to the release of the new MY IRIS album ‘Ninety Degrees Gravity’… we’ve already had some great feedback (“Stunning” – Jazzwise, “Listen, and then listen again” – Fiona Talkington, “one of the most outstanding UK jazz albums to be released this year” – Marlbank) and our music video by director Rose Hendry will be released very very soon… We’ve also just added the Rochester International Jazz Festival (USA) to our tour dates…

London Sinfonietta Sound Out

I recently had the fun task of reworking themes/ideas from loads of brilliant young minds for a commission from the London Sinfonietta’s ‘Sound Out’ project. The premiere is March 16th at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London at 4pm – written for youth orchestra & soloists. Loads of other fab new music in the programme too.

Check out the link below if you’re interested…

http://www.londonsinfonietta.org.uk/whats-on/connect-0